The future of Lethal Weapon remains a mystery, but according to executive producer Matt Miller, there's still a chance the show could return — maybe.
Last year, Damon Wayans did an interview with Electronic Urban Report where he announced that he'd be exiting the show at the end of the year. "I'm going to be quitting the show in December, after we finish the initial 13 [episodes]," Wayans said. "I really don't know what they're planning, but that's what I'm planning. I'm a 58-year-old diabetic, and I'm working 16 hour days... Like Murtaugh said, 'I'm too old for this [sh--].'"
When asked what the status of Wayans' role on the series was and whether his comments had affected morale on the set, Miller had this to say to reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour:
"Regarding the morale of the cast, Damon — you're speaking to Damon having some medical issues that came out halfway through our season. As a result of that, it sort of made us all sit down, roll up our sleeves and say, 'OK, we're now really hearing you. What do you need? Like you're sick, what do you need?' Because he was tired... It was a cry for help, you know?" Miller said. "And we all sat down and we worked on some hours and ways to fix his schedule a little bit and ways to change some storylines around to accommodate him. It was tough for him. He's not a young guy, and this is a crazy show to make. I mean, the stunts that we do on the amount of time that we have? It's really, really grueling. All I can say, without deferring to him, is he's in Hawaii right now. He's got a big smile. ... He and Seann [William Scott] got along great. It was really a charmed experience."
Miller said that since those changes have been made, it has been a "delight" making the show and Wayans has shown up every day with a smile on his face. He even made mention of an expensive crew gift Wayans bought for those working on the series when it wrapped last week.
Wayans' shifting commitment to the show follows the casting change at the beginning of the third season, wherein Clayne Crawford — who'd had several issues while working on the show — was replaced by Scott. Considering how much trouble the show seems to attract, fans would be well within their rights to worry about whether it will return for Season 4 and whether Wayans will be along for the ride if it does. Although Miller didn't comment on a potential renewal or whether the minds behind Lethal Weapon have spoken to Wayans about his future involvement, he did say that he never envisioned the show being a 10-season show. "It has a shelf-life to it, and that's OK with me. If we could tell, you know, a few more delightful seasons of television... that would be perfectly fine with me."
Lethal Weapon airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Fox.